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Cumberland County Girl Dead, Mother Charged With Murder

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CUMBERLAND COUNTY — Sunday morning Sheriff's officersarrived at a Cumberland County home to find the body of 6-year-old AmberCampbell.

Hours later, the girl's mother Donna Campbell is charged with firstdegree murder.

Cumberland County Sheriff "Moose" Butler said Amber Campbell was killedby being struck in the head with a blunt object.

Allegedly, Campbell had asked her daughter to get dressed for church,and when Amber Campbell didn't follow instructions, Donna Campbell lostcontrol and hit her daughter in the head with an alcohol decanter.

Campbell and her daughter lived together on Paddlewheel Drive. It's anarea that neighbors say is a close-knit group where all the childrenplayed together.

Kathy Lukianczyk's children were part of that group.

Lucianczyk also said she has babysat on occasion for the suspect.

Lucianczyk said she didn't understand how someone could hurt her ownchildren, and also remembered Amber Campbell as a sweet little girl whowas popular in the neighborhood.

Neighbors say the night before the 6-year-old's body was found, theyhad seen Sheriff's cars at the house.

But the Sheriff's office says that is not related to the death.

Meanwhile, some members of this neighborhood say it will be hard to getover something this tragic happening in their neighborhood.

Wisdom Martin reporting.

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